The GAA inter-county season will begin on Saturday, January 28 with the start of the Allianz Football Leagues. Many would argue that, ironically, this is the most competitive period on the GAA calendar. Given the format of the competition, the frequency of games, and the caliber of the teams competing, the possibility of more evenly matched matches increases at this time of year.
Fans are looking forward to the start of the league season after a year marred by teams withdrawing from warm-up tournaments due to fixture congestion. Sports News Ireland has released the schedule for the upcoming season
Division One will be as competitive as ever, with Kerry looking to build on their incredible 2022 campaign, but Dublin will play in Division Two after being relegated with Kildare last season. This complicates matters for Derry as the 2022 Ulster champions seek promotion to the top flight, while provincial rivals Tyrone, Armagh, Monaghan, and Donegal all want to keep their Division One status. With Antrim, Cavan, Down, and Fermanagh all competing in an ultra-competitive third tier, there’s plenty of Ulster interest in Division Three.
This weekend, Monaghan and Armagh will kick off their league campaigns. Armagh dominated the league last season and are expected to be strong in the 2022 Championship. Monaghan will be hoping to regain their form for the 2023 season.
Following a brawl at the end of last weekend’s game between Armagh and Tyrone, five players were sent off. Greg McCabe of Armagh was sent off by David Gough and will go missing after being suspended.
How to watch Monaghan vs Armagh: GAA Live on National League 2023
Unfortunately, the game has not been selected for live TV coverage, but Northern Ireland viewers can watch it on the BBC iPlayer.
The Round 1 clashes begin on Saturday with TG4 screening the Division 2 meeting of Dublin against Kildare, BBC iPlayer has the Division 1 match between Monaghan and Armagh, while RTÉ 2 are showing Mayo against Galway in Division 1.
On Sunday, TG4 will broadcast live coverage of Donegal vs. Kerry from Ballybofey, while fans can watch Roscommon vs. Tyrone or Cork vs. Meath on the TG4 app, with deferred TV coverage of both games.
Important Details About Monaghan Vs Armagh:
Fans will be excited to discover that the Monaghan and Armagh match will be held on Saturday, January 28, the game will be held at Castleblaney. It has been relocated from Clones, which has a capacity of 31,000, to a venue with a capacity of 4,000. The match will kick off at 6 30 pm Greenwich’s meantime.
The predictions for Monaghan to win are 7/4in their favor. The predictions for a draw are 13/2. The predictions for an Armagh win are 8/13.
Looking at Armagh, they were unlucky not to make the National League semi-finals. Armagh’s attackers appear to be playing with much more fluency these days, and under the tutelage of Kieran McGeeney and his new backroom team, the club appears to be expressing itself a lot more this season. On Saturday, they’ll have no fear of Monaghan.
Monaghan, on the other hand, is a tenacious team that consistently tests the Championship’s big guns. Under the management of Seamus ‘Banty’ McEnaney, they are always there or thereabouts in Ulster. Their chances, however, are entirely dependent on whether star forward Conor McManus recovers sufficiently from a thigh injury to play on Saturday.